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Why Does Creosote Need To Be Removed?

Creosote is a nasty substance and, as a fireplace owner, you’ve probably heard your sweep mention it more than a few times. Most homeowners know that regularly removing creosote is important, but few know the actual reasons behind this necessary maintenance. At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we are all about keeping our customers educated and informed.Why Does Creosote Need To Be Removed - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

Learn more about creosote below, then give our CSIA certified staff a call today! We can handle any and all of your chimney and fireplace needs.

Dangers Of Creosote

The biggest issue with creosote is that it is highly flammable. The more it accumulates, the higher your risk is for chimney fires… and no one wants to deal with the damages that accompany a chimney fire! Your entire structure will weaken considerably, mortar will melt, your brickwork will crumble, and holes and cracks will form, giving stray flames easy access to adjacent woodwork and/or roofing materials.

It’s safe to say that using a fireplace that has experienced a chimney fire is never a good idea. Unfortunately, many chimney fires go unnoticed! That’s right – it may seem hard to believe, but a large portion of chimney fires burn slower and just don’t have the airflow or fuel necessary to become loud and obvious. That means homeowners will continue using their fireplace as if nothing is wrong, putting themselves in extremely dangerous situations.

This is why those yearly inspections are so vital. We highly recommend having a certified chimney tech check things over before each burning season so that you know you are good to go when the time comes to light your first fire. Our experts are more than qualified to help you out! Call us in now before your holidays kick off.

The Removal Process

Creosote can come in a variety of forms, so the removal process may vary, depending on your unique situation. It may be sticky and tar-like, flaky and crusty, or shiny and glazed. No matter what texture you’re dealing with, it is always dangerous, and it should be removed promptly. Luckily, we can take care of any type of creosote! We will apply the appropriate products and use the best tools available so that you won’t have to worry about chimney fires anytime soon.

There’s no time to lose! Schedule your cleaning with us today, and we’ll make sure your system is ready to go throughout the months ahead.

Pick Up The Phone Now

As temperatures drop, you want to make sure you’re ready for anything. Give our representatives a call today, so that you can use your fireplace as safely and as efficiently this holiday season. We have been serving this area for 17 years and counting, and we look to many more years to come. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

Did You Know Your Chimney Needs Regular Maintenance?

If you own a fireplace, then you know that they significantly enhance the ambiance of a home. You simply can’t beat cozy nights curled up by a fire with loved ones… They set the mood for any occasion, and there’s no doubt that they make holiday parties more festive than ever! On top of all that, they are known for increasing the value of a house in the selling process, and tons of potential homebuyers look for a fireplace in their future homes.Your Chimney Needs Regular Maintenance - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

For something that makes such a difference, don’t you think it deserves regular care and maintenance? Inspections, sweepings, and more all ensure your chimney system stands strong and runs efficiently with every passing year. Neglect can lead to some major issues and, once things start crumbling, your chimney will be unsuitable for use until expensive repairs are made.

Invest in regular maintenance with A-1 Chimney Specialist, so you know you’re good to go this holiday season. Our CSIA certified stafff can’t wait to help you out soon!

Preventing Creosote Buildup

One thing that needs to be taken care of regularly is creosote accumulation. Creosote forms as fires are burned in your fireplace, making it nearly impossible to avoid, and it is very flammable, thus encouraging chimney fires to occur. You can decrease the rate at which it forms by burning only seasoned wood and by encouraging good airflow throughout your system, but these factors don’t entirely prevent it from building up inside your chimney.

Your best bet for keeping your system free from the harmful effects of creosote is by investing in regular sweepings and inspections. We can look at your system and let you know if a sweeping is necessary. Ignoring this regular maintenance may eventually cause a chimney fire to form, which is very damaging to your chimney’s structure, as a whole. It melts mortar, cracks brick, and it leaves your home’s woodwork more vulnerable to stray flames and heat.

The worst part is, many times these fires occur without the homeowners even realizing it! In these cases, people continue to build fires, not realizing that they are causing more damage and are close to starting their own home fire. This is why inspections and regular maintenance is so important, and why scheduling an annual check-up with a professional is always your best bet in the long run.

Patching Up Repairs

Another reason why regular maintenance is necessary is so that repairs can be addressed as needed and in a timely manner. Not all issues are easy to detect. Cracks, holes, and damaged parts can lead to inefficiency, smoke backup, exposure to harmful toxins, and a whole lot more. Trust us when we say it’s not worth the risks involved (or the extra expenses and stress). Call on our expert team, so that we can allow you the peace of mind you deserve this holiday season.

We’ve Got Your Back

Whatever your fireplace and chimney needs are, we are certain we can help you out. From installations to restorations to repairs, we truly do it all! Give us a call today to learn more.

Santa Won’t Appreciate A Dirty Chimney

Dirty or Clean Santa Chimney Image - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney Specialist…and neither should you!

A dirty chimney isn’t just bad for Santa – it causes issues for your fireplace, home, and family, too! With the holidays coming up quick, ensuring that your chimney and fireplace are in the best condition possible should definitely be on your to-do list. Schedule a chimney sweeping and inspection with us today, so everything will be ready to go when the big day arrives.

Check out just some of the many issues you may face if you put off this annual maintenance.

Chimney Fires

One of the bigger issues that could occur is a chimney fire. While chimney fires are often dramatic and obvious, that is not always the case. Sometimes, a fire may occur without you even realizing it! This puts a large amount of wear and tear on your chimney and is why regular sweepings are so important.

The biggest reason a chimney fire will occur is due to creosote build-up. Creosote forms as you use your fireplace, and it accumulates quicker when you don’t burn smart. Using seasoned wood, maintaining proper air flow, and not overloading your fuel pile are just a few ways you can slow down the rate at which it accumulates.

Although minimizing build-up will help a lot, the only way to know your chimney is ready for use is to get that annual appointment scheduled. A professional will be able to inspect every nook and cranny, and they can ensure that all parts are good to go.

Blocked Ventilation

Another important piece of fireplace safety is ensuring all ventilation units are free from debris. What good is having a fire if the smoke backs up into your home? All that leads to is nasty odors, potential health risks, and a spoiled evening. Don’t take the chance and have your entire fireplace checked out before the holidays really kick off.

Also, be sure that you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors set up throughout your home. While smoke back-up can be fairly obvious, carbon monoxide is highly undetectable and could result in some major illness for those living in the home. Ensure your family stays safe this winter and set some smoke detectors up today.

Addressing Other Issues

Along with smoking problems, chimney fires, and toxins entering the home, a dirty chimney could trigger countless other issues, as well. Deterioration, cracks, rust, and leaks are just some of these. Also, if birds, squirrels, or other critters have worked their way into your chimney and fireplace, getting them out is a must before lighting any fires.

At A-1 Chimney Specialist , we have the tools and expertise to set you up right. We have been serving this area for over a decade, so you can rest easy knowing your chimney and fireplace are in the best hands possible. Check out our website to learn more about our extensive list of services, then call to schedule your appointment.

Don’t disappoint Santa – turn to us today!

The Dangers Of Creosote

Creosote Danger Image - Tullahoma TN - A-1 ChimneyAny homeowner with a fireplace should be aware of the importance of regular chimney maintenance. Annual inspections are vital in ensuring the safety of one’s home and family members. Between blockages, cracks or holes, and the various types of build-up that can accumulate over time, using it before getting the okay from an expert could cause countless negative consequences.

What Is Creosote?

Creosote is a dangerous substance that accumulates in a fireplace as fires are lit throughout the year. It comes in different colors and forms, and it is a major cause for chimney fires. To avoid issues with creosote, the most important step you can take is to call in a certified professional who can remove it properly.

Many feel that chimney sweeping and cleaning is a job that can be done themselves, but this is not the safest option. Often times, certain chemicals need to be used to remove excess debris and, without the proper use of tools and appropriate products, a homeowner could easily cause damage to their chimney, their home, or themselves.

To ensure that everything will run smoothly throughout your next burning season, hire a pro to check things out. They know exactly what to look for and which steps to take to get your chimney in the best condition possible before putting it to more frequent use.

Avoiding Build-Up

While creosote is not completely unavoidable, there are ways to slow down the rate at which it accumulates. The main things you can do are burn wood that is properly seasoned, regulate air flow, and control the temperatures of the fires you burn.

  • Seasoned Wood: Once you figure out what to look for when it comes to picking your firewood, finding the best fuel for your home will be no problem. Seasoned wood is lighter weight, has more cracks and splits at the ends, and will make a distinct high-pitched sound when hit together (unseasoned wood will sound duller).
  • Air Flow: One of the best ways to ensure air is moving properly through your chimney is to have an expert check for blockages and build-up. If the flow is restricted at all, then you will likely start facing issues. Creosote will show up a lot quicker and smoke and other toxins will back up into your home. This affects the health of loved ones and causes damage to furniture and other belongings.
  • Fire Temperatures: The temperature of your fire is affected by the fuel you burn and how much of it you are using. To keep a healthy, hot fire going, use smaller amounts of well-seasoned fuel. This will cause a quicker burn, but you can easily keep the fire going by re-fueling it more often. A little extra work will be well worth avoiding large amounts of creosote throughout the chimney.

At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we know how to get your chimney in the best shape possible before you start lighting up those Fall fires. Call us in today!

Getting Rid of Creosote

Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean your chimney to avoid the dangers of creosote build-up.

Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean your chimney to avoid the dangers of creosote build-up.

It’s dirty. It’s sticky. It is extremely flammable. Creosote is something that is almost impossible to avoid, and is extremely harmful to your chimney. However, if you catch it in time, creosote can be removed before it sinks into the structure of your chimney. To get more information on a chimney sweep or any other chimney related questions, contact the professionals at A-1 Chimney Specialists.

What is creosote?

Creosote is the byproduct that is released when untreated wood burns. This will then clump together and cause blockages inside of your chimney. When these clumps grow large enough, they can begin to slow the draft through your chimney. This makes the smoke and harmful gases unable to exit the home. This can put you and your family in danger of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. The symptoms for CO poisoning include anything from headaches and nausea to severe cases of difficulty breathing and even fatality. Creosote can also lead to chimney fires. When the heat from the fire comes into contact with the clumps, it can begin to spark. Since chimney fires spread so easily, it can overtake your home in minutes.

How do you get rid of creosote?

The best way to get rid of creosote is to have a chimney sweep. You should have at least one a year, but it is recommended that you have two. One should be after burning season to remove any build up, and the second should be before to remove anything that they may have missed or that has built up over the summer. The person doing your chimney sweep should always be Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified. To prepare the chimney, make sure that you do not burn any fires for at least 24 hours so that the unit has enough time to cool down. Next, move all of the furniture away from the fireplace so that it does not become dirty or damaged. Lastly, for their safety and the safety of the technicians lock your pets away in a spare room. You can find a reliable chimney sweep by asking friends and family, or by looking at various online websites.